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Scorsese Gets American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Martin Scorsese is not in love with awards campaigning. But accepting awards--that's a relatively painless part of the Oscar campaign process. Thus he is going to attend the 27th Santa Barbara Film festival tribute to him on January 30 to receive the American Riviera Award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 6:43 PM
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Awards Circuit: Octavia Spencer Gets PSIFF Breakthrough Performance Award; Dujardin and Bejo Share SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award

Film festivals play a key role in highlighting Oscar contenders during this crowded and noisy awards season. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor "The Artist" actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo with their Cinema Vanguard Award on February 4. The award recognizes "an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film." Past winners include Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Gosling. SBIFF's exec director Roger Durling states: "In an age of sight and sound spectacle, there is great risk in a silent film. Jean and Bérénice's acting is an amazing pas des deux both physically and emotionally - recalling classic Hollywood pairings like Hepburn and Tracy, and of course indelibly Ginger and Fred." Dujardin notes the rest of the film's ensemble -- James Cromwell, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Malcolm McDowell --and adds, "This award is just as much for them as it is for us.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 12:07 PM
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Sundance Short Films 2012: "Outrageously Distinctive with Uncompromised Spirit"

The Sundance Film Festival selected 64 shorts from 7,675 submissions for its 2012 Short Film program of US and foreign films, in Narrative, Animated and Documentary categories, as well as the New Frontiers section.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2011 4:00 PM
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Sundance Premieres: Features and Documentaries, Actors Behind Camera

Brit Marling, watch out! Women are front and center at the Sundance Film festival this year, including the Premieres section, which features more well-known players than the other sections---and many actors behind the camera.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2011 3:59 PM
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Sundance Film Festival: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT and New Frontier Slates

Thursday the Sundance Film Festival announced the out-of-competition line-up for 2012, in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> and New Frontier sections. The Fest runs from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. See the complete line-up so far here. Much of these more innovative selections reflect the taste of director of programming Trevor Groth: “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 4:03 PM
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Sundance Announces Competition Line-Up

Most of the Sundance Film Festival competition films announced Wednesday for the upcoming Park City festival January 19 - 29 are films that few have seen or heard of. That's what's exciting about Sundance, especially under the leadership of director John Cooper and programmer Trevor Groth. They are not playing games with agencies or managers --who wish they didn't have to wait to get the news along with everyone else earlier this week--they are really looking for discoveries, excitement, new news. It's about emerging talent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 4:06 PM
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New Italian Cinema: Films Hit the Zeitgeist at 15th Annual San Francisco Fest

  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 22, 2011 5:10 PM
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Susan Seidelman's Dance Romance Musical Chairs To Hit Theaters in March 2012

"Boynton Beach Club" director Susan Seidelman's latest, the romantic dance drama "Musical Chairs" will be released by Mark Urman's Paladin Films in March 2012. The film starring rookies Leah Pipes and E.J. Bonilla as dancers in love in contemporary New York debuted as a work in progress at the Woodstoick Film Festival and will first officially debut at Lincoln Center on January 28th as the centerpiece film of their annual “Dance On Camera” festival.   Set in the world of competitive ballroom dancing, "Musical Chairs" stars Bonilla as a Bronx Latino would-be dancer; he works as a handyman at the Manhattan dance studio where East Side Princess Mia (Pipes) is the star. When an accident ends her dancing career, at his behest she moves into training for a wheelchair ballroom dance competition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2011 6:53 PM
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Learning from the American Film Market: Haves vs. Have Nots

What did we learn from the recently wrapped, relatively upbeat American Film Market? Beyond the flashy announcements of sales from companies such as FilmNation, there was also strategic talk of how to move the business forward.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • November 16, 2011 1:28 PM
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Third Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival Sets 2012 Dates: How to Join Up

Los Angeles culture lovers: the third installment of the Hollywood Fringe Festival has set its dates for 2012. From June 14-24, Hollywood will get an "explosion of theatre performances, solo artists, dancers, experimental art, comedy, films, and cabaret" from this non-profit fest. An opening night gala, awards ceremony and after party are all part of the fest, which is open and non-curated. More information on how to be involved and key dates are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 16, 2011 11:44 AM
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